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Use These Fantastical Prompts To Write Your Own Story Book At Home

Writing your own story can be a daunting task! Sometimes all you need is a creative spark to get your imagination flowing. Answer these question prompts to inspire your own unique tales.

Brian Sandstrom · 11 months ago

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Writing your own story can be a daunting task! But sometimes all you need is a creative spark to get your imagination flowing, and these question prompts are a great way to inspire your own unique tales. Can’t write quite yet? No problem! Create a picture book by drawing the pictures and having a grown-up write what is happening in them. Try choosing the same prompt with a friend or family member and compare how different the stories can be.

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Jules Ingall / Getty Images

Story Prompts:

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    What if a scientist discovered a potion that gave your character superpowers? What powers would it give them? Are there any downsides?

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    How would your character react if they woke up and could cast magical spells? What if they were also SO late for school?

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    What epic journey would unfold if your character shrunk to the size of a bug? That really would make a mountain out of a mole-hill.

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    What if your character discovered the world's first dragon? Is it friendly or evil? Don’t you think a dragon would have the worst smelling breath of all time?

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    What if a princess discovered she had to save her kingdom from peril? Maybe a spell has been cast on the castle turning everyone to animals, or all of the armor can suddenly move on its own.

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    What would the world be like today if dinosaurs hadn’t gone extinct? How would they interact with humans in a big city? A brontosaurus would make a great ladder!

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    What kind of repairman does a giant robot superhero have to go to if his robot suit is having problems? What if they have to go on an epic journey just to find someone that skilled?

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    What would the inhabitants of a tide pool do if they were throwing a birthday party? Whose birthday is it? Who would make the cake? Would the anemone be the enemy?

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    Combine two animals to make a mythical beast like the minotaur. Maybe a pengorse (penguin/horse)? How would your franken-animal save the planet from an impending alien attack?

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    Your character has a dream where they learn about the following prophecy: “You are in grave danger; you must escape and meet a stranger. Together you will solve a mystery and put your names on all of history.” How do they react, and what adventure do they find themselves in?

Looking for an extra silly challenge? Grab a die and use this table to create your own randomized prompt. Roll the die and your number will correspond to your main character! Then roll again for setting and then for a special twist.

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Heeral Chhibber / CAMP

Now see how you can combine your randomized prompts into a single story. Maybe you roll opposite ideas and the story you create is super silly! Remember when writing the stories, they can be as long or as short as you want, but always strive for a beginning, middle, and end. If you’re having trouble coming up with characters, try using yourself, your family, or your friends as inspiration!

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